Hurricane Orlene
Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Travel Alert October 2022: Hurricane Orlene to Impact Western Mexico

Orlene is still the one.

If western Mexico is in your travel plans over the next few days, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — due to Hurricane Orlene, whose landfall could occur as soon as early tomorrow morning, Monday, October 3, 2022 somewhere along Las Islas Marias.

Travel Alert October 2022: Hurricane Orlene to Impact Western Mexico

Hurricane Orlene
Source: National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of this tropical storm system — which is currently centered approximately 85 miles south southwest of Las Islas Marias in Mexico and is moving north at eight miles per hour — are 115 miles per hour, which means that it is classified as a Category 3 hurricane, which is considered to be a major hurricane.

Weakening may occur prior to when Hurricane Orlene arrives somewhere along Las Islas Marias; but it will still be a dangerously powerful storm — whether or not landfall officially occurs tomorrow morning, Monday, October 3, 2022, as the eye of Hurricane Orlene is barely clear — but regardless, landfall as a hurricane is forecast to occur as soon as the morning of Tuesday, October 4, 2022 along the coast of mainland Mexico.

After it is downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm to a post tropical depression to merely a low pressure system, it could head towards southern Texas and inundate it with significant precipitation. In fact, one outer band is already currently affecting southern Texas with rain.

Conditions

Significant precipitation of up to:

  • 14 inches of rain is forecast for Islas Marias.
  • Ten inches of rain is forecast for Nayarit and southern Sinaloa.
  • Five inches of rain is forecast for Jalisco, Colima, and southwest Durango.

A dangerous storm surge is likely to cause coastal flooding in the Islas Marias and along the coast of mainland Mexico.

Meanwhile, swells generated by Hurricane Orlene are affecting the the west coast of Mexico and will spread northward to the southern portion of the Baja California peninsula and the Gulf of California over the next day or so with strong rip currents and surf rough enough to threaten lives.

Official Warnings and Watches

The following official warnings were issued by the National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States:

  • A hurricane warning is currently in effect for:
    • Las Islas Marias
    • The coast of mainland Mexico from San Blas to Mazatlan
  • A hurricane watch is currently in effect for:
    • The coast of mainland Mexico from Playa Perula to San Blas
    • The coast of mainland Mexico from Mazatlan to Bahia Tempehuaya
  • A tropical storm warning is currently in effect for:
    • The coast of mainland Mexico from Playa Perula to San Blas
    • The coast of mainland Mexico from north of Mazatlan to Bahia Tempehuaya

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to, from, or within western Mexico over the next few days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this tropical weather system which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary.

Here are six airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta for Saturday, October 1, 2022 through Tuesday, October 4, 2022; and Sunday, October 9, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for Manzanillo, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta for Saturday, October 1, 2022 through Tuesday, October 4, 2022; and Sunday, October 9, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Alaska Airlines has issued travel alerts for Mazatlan, Manzanillo, and Puerto Vallarta for Saturday, October 1, 2022 through Tuesday, October 4, 2022; and Sunday, October 9, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued a travel alert for Puerto Vallarta for Sunday, October 2, 2022 through Tuesday, October 4, 2022; and Tuesday, October 18, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued a travel alert for Puerto Vallarta for Monday, October 3, 2022 through Tuesday, October 4, 2022; and Friday, October 7, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Air Canada has issued a travel alert for Puerto Vallarta for Sunday, October 2, 2022.

Final Boarding Call

Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

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